In any relation, we often hear squabbles, tiffs and altercations over falling short of expectations. At the cost of repetition, the cliché that I am talking about is ‘Taking things for granted’. I tried reasoning out if it were correct/incorrect to take things for granted. In this post, I will try argue against this tendency to take things for granted.
All religions have one commonality – that man, as he is now, is a degenerate form of what he originally was. The Adam and Eve fable in Christianity says the same, the ideal of ‘Brahman’ in Hinduism, and for that matter any other religion says the same thing. By degeneracy, I do not mean immorality. (I have talked of this thin subjective line separating good and bad, and the futile attempt to draw this line in the previous post). By it, I mean, a fall in the level of consciousness. Consider a person learning how to play a piano. The initial key strokes are done with full consciousness. As he slowly masters the beautiful instrument, the actions are more unconsciously done. It doesn’t require focusing all of his mind energy into the action. This is what I mean by degeneracy.
For the theist, it is only natural to stop being a degenerate because of his faith in the lord. And from the utilitarian atheist is also expected an effort to lessen this degeneracy. Why? Because all human errors and accidents- big and small, frivolous and catastrophic are all because of a casual effort in doing some work. Which in other words is not being totally conscious of the work – degeneracy, if you will. In other words, irrespective of our religious stance, it is expected that we rise from being a degenerate.
If you think a little, taking things for granted is another form of degeneracy. The foundation for this tendency is the guarantee that the other person will not afford to lose you at any cost. Now, you are totally unconscious of how the other person feels when you are being this callous. And in the process, you are being a degenerate. The bottom line is that you shouldn’t take things for granted because of the degeneracy involved.